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Kayakers taking on Devizes to Westminster race for Beckton hospice

PUBLISHED: 09:24 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 20 March 2015

Aaron Jordan and Leanne Brown are raising money for Richard House Children's Hospice

Aaron Jordan and Leanne Brown are raising money for Richard House Children's Hospice

Tom Morton

Two international kayakers are set to paddle from Wiltshire to Westminster to raise funds for a Beckton hospice.

Leanne Brown and Aaron Jordan will take part in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race this Easter in support of Richard House Children’s Hospice.

While Leanne, 26, and Aaron, 24, have been kayaking since they were just eight years old, this is the first time they have attempted such a long distance.

“Aaron and I both compete nationally and internationally throughout the year, but we’ve never done an event as far as this one,” said Leanne, who lives in Barking.

“It’s a big challenge and I hope we can live up to it, especially as we are doing it for a children’s hospice.”

Former junior world sprint champion Leanne has competed in both short and long-distance kayaking, while Aaron, from Rainham in Kent, has competed at the Marathon World Championships.

Their support of the hospice goes back several years to when Leanne visited to donate toys.

She said: “I instantly realised what a great life it gives children who are unwell and provides them with as much care as they need.”

To sponsor Leanne and Aaron, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LeanneAaronDW

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